Sue And Mel Are Leaving ‘The Great British Bake Off’ And Britain Is Not Taking It Well At All
"Tories winning the election. Brexit. British Bake Off. It's been a long 18 months."
Get out your mourning shrouds, bakers: your favourite hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have confirmed that they won’t return to The Great British Bake Off next year when the show moves from the BBC to Channel 4 in the UK.
Perkins and Giedroyc have been open about their feelings regarding the show’s move to Channel 4, which has come after a dispute between the show’s production company Love Productions and the BBC over money. While the pay dispute was raging, they released a statement urging Love Productions to remain with the BBC:
“We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was. The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of 2 million to nearly 15 million at its peak. We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”
The BBC offered Love Productions double what they currently pay for the show (reportedly an offer of 15 million pounds) but were told that Love Productions were only entertaining offers over 25 million pounds. GBBO has been with the BBC since its inaugural season in 2010.
The move is a huge blow to many fans as Perkins and Giedroy were the bright comical lights on GBBO.
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) September 13, 2016
Me when I heard Mel and Sue aren't gonna be presenting GBBO when it goes to channel 4 pic.twitter.com/ieWy2Hn2lo
— Katie (@katie_uske) September 13, 2016
Finding out Mel and Sue are leaving "The Great British Bake Off" is my "Game of Thrones" Red Wedding.
— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) September 13, 2016
— Josh Barrie (@joshbythesea) September 13, 2016
Tories winning the election. Brexit. British Bake Off. It's been a long 18 months.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 13, 2016
It’s unclear at this stage whether judging duo Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will return next year, but what is certain is that Bake Off won’t be the same without that classic Mel and Sue banter. Thankfully you can enjoy OG Bake Off, with Mel and Sue at the helm, for a little while longer. It’s currently in its seventh season on the BBC.
Here’s a few of the pair’s best Bake Off moments: